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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Protests escalate in Iran and spread to 15 cities: are they a threat to Islamic rule?

Tehran. – Protests have started in Iran in recent days after the death of a 22-year-old woman She was being held by the “moral police” for violating the country’s strict Islamic dress code.

death of mahsa aminiwho was arrested for allegedly carrying her Hijab loose on the head, inappropriately, This has triggered a wave of insurgency demonstrations, with street protests lasting five days and spreading to 15 cities across Iran.

mahsa amini

demonstrators, many of them womenHe faces beatings and possible arrest by police, who use tear gas and arrests to disperse a crowd of a thousand people.

Many Iranians, especially young people, see the death of Amini, who fell into a coma after her arrest, as part of the Islamic Republic’s strict monitoring of dissent and Morality The increasingly violent treatment of young women by the police.

Demonstrations also spread to other cities around the world, Like New York, where President Ibrahim Raisi is, Who will speak at the United Nations General Assembly today.

What led to the protests and where they might lead is discussed below.

in the streets Some women removed their obligatory veils and threw them in the air. Online videos show other women throw them Hijab By putting on a stake or by setting a fire. others are seen Hair cut in protest.

loss settle downVolunteers of the paramilitary Iranian Revolutionary Guard have violently suppressed protests in the past, involving water rights and the country’s shabby economy. On this occasion they tortured people and beat them with sticks.

However, some protesters continued to raise slogans “Death of the Tyrant”both addressing the supreme leaderAyatollah Ali Khamenei, like the Iranian theocracy, Despite threats of arrest, imprisonment and even the possibility of the death penalty.

Iranian ethics police arrested Amini on 13 September in Tehran, where he was visiting from his hometown in the western Kurdish region of the country. He died at a police station and died three days later.

Police arrested him for carrying Hijab Very loose Iran requires women to wear a headscarf that completely covers their hair in public, Only Afghanistan under Taliban rule actively enforces a similar law. Ultra-Orthodox Saudi Arabia has reduced its application in recent years.

Police deny that Amini was abused and say she died of a heart attack, President Ibrahim Raisi He contacted the family and promised a probe.

Amini’s family claims that He had no history of heart problems and was prevented from seeing his body before burial. Demonstrations broke out after his funeral on Saturday in the Kurdish city of Sakez and quickly spread to other parts of the country, including Tehran.

Young Mahsa Amini, Who Died On 13 September
Young Mahsa Amini, who died on 13 September

Iranian women have full access to education, work outside the home and public office. But they are required to dress decently in public, including wearing Hijab And long, flowing robes. Single men and women are forbidden to mix.

rules, dating back to the later days Islamic Revolution of 1979, They are enforced by the morality police. This force, officially known as the Wayfinding Patrol, is found in public areas. It is made up of men and women.

The application of the law was softened during the tenure of the former president Hasan RuhaniRelatively moderates, who at one point accused the morale police of being overly aggressive. In 2017, the force chief said he would no longer arrest women for dress code violations.

People Make An Art Exhibition Against Iran'S President Ibrahim Raisi Near The United Nations On September 20, 2022 In New York City.
People make an art exhibition against Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi near the United Nations on September 20, 2022 in New York City.Stephanie Keith – Getty Images North America

But under the staunch Raisi elected last year, the morality police have come to the fore. The UN human rights office says young women have been slapped in the face, beaten with sticks and taken in police vehicles in recent months.

“Iranian leaders should note that people are unhappy with the direction they have taken. There’s another path they can take.”Britain’s Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said this on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York today.

Iranian leaders have promised Investigation into the circumstances of Amini’s deathAccusing unknown foreign countries and exiled opposition groups of using it as a pretext to foment unrest. This has been a common pattern during protests in recent years.

The clerics who rule Iran watch The United States regards the Islamic Republic as a threat and believes that society is weakened by the adoption of Western customs. Khamenei himself sees the so-called “colorful” protests in Europe and elsewhere as foreign interference, not as demonstrations for greater rights.

In This Monday, September 19, 2022 Photo, In Central Tehran, Iran, A Man Burns A Police Motorcycle To Protest The Death Of A Woman Detained For Violating The Country'S Dress Code.
In this Monday, September 19, 2022 photo, in central Tehran, Iran, a man burns a police motorcycle to protest the death of a woman detained for violating the country’s dress code.

Tensions are especially high since the then President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and imposed severe sanctions. The Biden administration has been working with European allies for the past two years to renegotiate the deal. The talks appear to be at a standstill as non-proliferation experts warn that Iran has sufficiently enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb if it decides to build one. The Islamic Republic insists that its program is peaceful.

Tehran’s governor said on Wednesday that Authorities detained three foreign nationals during protests in the capital without giving further details, Iranian security forces have detained at least 25 people, and the governor of Kurdistan province says three people are killed In disturbances related to protests by armed groups, without giving further details.

In addition, authorities reported the death of a police officer in Shiraz on Wednesday and said four other officers were injured, while 15 people were arrested.

activists and human rights groups He has blamed Iranian security forces for killing protesters in 2019, among other demonstrations related to gasoline prices.

clerics who rule Iran has faced several waves of opposition dating back decades, and have finally put them down with brute force.

The most serious challenge to the clerical rule was green movement, which emerged after the country’s controversial presidential elections in 2009 and called for far-reaching reforms; Millions of Iranians took to the streets.

People Demonstrate Against Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi Near The United Nations In New York City On September 20, 2022.
People demonstrate against Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi near the United Nations in New York City on September 20, 2022.Stephanie Keith – Getty Images North America

The officers responded with brutal action: Revolutionary Guards and Basij militias opened fire on the protesters and sparked a wave of arrests. Opposition leaders were placed under house arrest.

was among the dead defeated the battle of SoltanA 27-year-old woman who became a symbol of the protest movement after she was shot dead in a video viewed by millions on social media.

Associated Press, DPA and AFP Agencies

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